Adventures of Riverboat John: Glimpses of Huntsville in the 1950's

Adventures of Riverboat John: Glimpses of Huntsville in the 1950's

by "Riverboat John" Ferguson

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ISBN-13: 9781596298521
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 11/28/2009
Pages: 123
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author


“Riverboat John” Ferguson grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, and received his first banjo at age 5. After graduation from Huntsville High School, he moved to Greenwich Village, New York, to join the Folk Revival Movement, where he mingled with the avante garde, folk, blues, jazz, pop, gospel, and rock performers of the day. He completed his degree from George Washington University, served in the U.S. Army, traveled the world and the rivers of America, and rode on every paddlewheel boat he could find. He is currently touring North America with the “Riverboat John” Community Concert Stage Show, highlighting his one-man-show “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Riverboat John,” as well as numerous educational projects with schools and universities. He is working with The Big Read Program in communities and his imaginative reading, creative writing, and character education programs have been implemented in many areas throughout the United States. His concentration is currently with reading and literacy programs for urban and rural children and adults.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Saturday Morning in Town 9

Cotton on the Canal 17

Drive-in Movie Theatres in Huntsville 23

Mussel Boat Camps 27

I Always Wanted to Be a Cowboy 31

My First Steak 35

My Old Truck Can Swim 39

Sharecroppin' 43

River Pirates on the Tennessee 49

Thou Shalt Not Steal a Pair of Red Socks 53

Zesto Burgers, Dip Dogs, Hamburgers and Chili Dogs 57

The Cornet, die Banjo and the Buffalo 63

Whiskey, Bootlegging and Purple Passion 67

Boxing and Wrestling in Huntsville 71

Cave Exploring Around Huntsville 75

Crappie, Bass, Catfish and Bream 79

From Delivery Boy to Produce Clerk 83

Hula-Hoops, HiFi, Yo-Yos and Television 87

My First Formal Banquet 91

Ricky and His .22 95

Riding the Rails 97

Tommy and the White Turkeys 103

Boy Scouting in Huntsville in the '50s 107

The Last of the Mule Wagons 113

The 1950s-What Style is This? 117

Afterword 125

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